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Reference Librarian, Shrewsbury Public Library, Shrewsbury, MA



The Shrewsbury Public Library seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, and service-oriented Reference Librarian to serve our busy community of 36,000 people. The Reference Librarian will be prepared to apply current and progressive methods of information and reference services, will be proficient in automated library systems and online information tools, adept at instructing patrons on how to access and use a broad range of information and reading resources and willing to serve as an active member of the Adult Services team.  The Reference Librarian must be committed to providing a high level of public service to patrons, able to work independently, prioritize, adapt quickly to changing environments, meet established deadlines and embrace changing technologies. ALA accredited MLS and excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.


Performs a wide variety of services at the public reference desk, including assists patrons with reference and information requests; assists patrons with public access catalogs, printers  and computers, use of online resources, trains users on use of e-readers, tablets and other devices, and makes information referrals. Provides one-on-one and group training for library patrons and staff. Maintains current knowledge of technology developments and library information sources and electronic services.  


Collection development responsibilities for print and online adult reference collections. As part of the Acquisitions Team, evaluates and purchases online and print reference materials; responsible for maintenance of collection through inventory, usage assessment, shelf reading, weeding and discarding.


Acts as a part of a team responsible for planning, organizing and implementing programs for adults to encourage language and information literacy, lifelong learning and programs that promote reading, viewing and listening, as well as the use of library materials and facilities. Assists with and plans various adult education programs, job search programs and multicultural events; oversees staff and volunteers involved in programs, writes grant applications to support these programs and develops related promotions.  


Contributes to library promotional activities. Creates informational and publicity materials in print and electronic format; including calendars, webpages, social media platform postings, displays, posters, etc. Compiles and organizes statistics. Performs circulation desk duties when necessary; oversees staff and is responsible for building security on a rotating basis.

Compensation and Schedule:

This is a Professional Technical I position on the Town of Shrewsbury Salary Schedule, with a salary range of $47,182.23 to $56,264.23 and includes benefits. This full-time 37.5 hour position includes a work schedule of one night per week and Saturdays on a rotating basis. The Town of Shrewsbury offers a comprehensive health insurance plan, and a defined benefit pension plan and is an affirmative action, Equal Opportunity Employer


Send resume to Director Ellen M. Dolan, Shrewsbury Public Library at Position open until filled, but applications received by Wednesday October 31, 2018 will receive primary consideration.

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